GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids is known by many names: Furniture City, Beer City USA, a cool city, and now Street Dance City.
61Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy, one of the only breakdance schools in the Midwest, is celebrating 10 years in Grand Rapids.
Keegan ‘Seoul’ Loye owns 61Syx Teknique on Alpine.
“We have been around for 10 years now, and it is a growing thing,” explains Loye. “Its been a crazy crazy journey.”
Loye teaches street dancing, or more specifically, a type of it called breakdancing. It’s been featured in movies and TV shows like “So You Think You Can Dance.” Dancers flip, spin on their backs and even their head, and do things that at first glance can appear to be impossible.
Keegan started 10 years ago, dancing in garages and basements with his crew. He would travel to different places learning more moves and teaching others. He soon opened his dance school and has been competing across the nation.
Loye teaches classes for all ages, with students as young as 3 and adults older than 60. Ashton Halland is a 12-year-old student of Loye.
“Try it, and see if you like it. If you don’t like, it is ok,” says Halland.
His students have won a number of competitions around the Midwest.
“I have won quite a bit,” Halland said. “I have won 5.”
Loye’s studio has made quite a name for itself as a result, and after 10 years, it has helped put Grand Rapids on the breakdance map.
While his students like to win, the studio’s philosophy is about taking one step at a time. A plaque on the wall reads, “It’s not about being the best…It’s about being better than you were yesterday.”
Loye is celebrating his studio’s tenth anniversary with a competition in Grand Rapids Friday at Louie’s Bar and Rocket Lounge on Bridge Street from 6 p.m. to at least 10 p. m.